Genoa - Massimo Perotti took over from Anton Francesco Albertoni as president of Ucina, the association that represents the companies of the Italian nautical sector. The election of Perotti, the head of Sanlorenzo shipyards and vice president under Albertoni, was more or less a given even though the baton was only officially passed over yesterday; this was in Santa Margherita, during the shareholders meeting that was held at Satec, the annual convention of companies linked to the nautical Confindustria.
President, first Albertoni and now you. You think that some people might be annoyed?
“This election is a sign of continuity, there is nothing wrong with that. It is a strong signal, which indicates the association is united.”
However, in recent days you lost a longstanding brand like Baglietto. Was Gavio expecting a role at Ucina that was denied to him?
“I want to be very clear on this point. Within Ucina, nothing negative was ever said against Gavio or Baglietto for that matter, which is one of the most prestigious companies in our sector. But the association is not a private entity owned by Mr. Gavio. Simply, Baglietto’s request was presented too late to be taken into consideration. If I can convince Gavio to return it will be with open arms.”
But in the last days there have been rumors of other companies thinking of leaving. Some names were circulated, like Ferretti and Perini Navi.
“I do not think that others are planning to leave. The new Vice-president of Ucina is Lamberto Tacoli, who represents the Ferretti group. I haven’t heard any rumors about Perini Navi”.
Let’s talk about relations with the Genoa Fair. Is Ucina running the boating show on its own?
“Let’s put it like it is. A few weeks ago, there was a request presented at Palazzo San Giorgio for the concession of the area to go to a new company named Saloni Nautici S.p.a. that will be owned 50% by Ucina and 50% by the Fair”.
So, you deny that there is bad blood between you and the Fair entity ...
“Let me clear this up once and for all: there has never been a falling out with the Fair. That is why out of the four new Directors of the board who will be elected in the upcoming weeks, two will represent our association and two will represent the Genoa Fair”.
There have been rumors that Albertoni will become the new President of I Saloni Nautici S.p.a.
“Albertoni presented the request for the concession on behalf of the company because he was at the time the president of Ucina. The rest needs to be mutually agreed by the parties involved”.
What’s new for the new boat show?
“The show should be a showpiece to the world of the Made in Italy brand. Just like the Fashion Week in Milan. We must focus on Genoa, we all must work together for this, starting with the big brands who need to believe in this type of event. It takes courage. But in the last years the nautical sector was devastated. It would be too easy to blame all problems on issues with hotels or parking”.